On the second Thursday of Tinkering School we released our project with a little history. At Tinkering school we had built structures that rolled and ones that kids rolled on. We had built structures that climbed into the air and ones that rose kids into the air. And although we had built structures that slid we had yet to build a slide for kids. So taking a cue from the playground we are going to build a slide.
Immediately the group got straight to drawing slides. Some were shaped like mythical creatures with articulated wings, others twisted through tunnels and a few even incorporated special features like hanging bars and water. Everyone was awesome at both listening and sharing their ideas as we all collaborated to design one slide that incorporated as many different design features as possible.
With about nearly half the session remaining we decided to start building. But where to begin? We all agreed that a ladder was going to be necessary to reach the top of the slide so we broke into groups to determine some necessary measurements.
This group is so on board with dividing up tasks and helping each other to achieve a common goal! One pair switched off making all the rung cuts while another took on the responsibility to transporting pieces to the drill teams working on assembly. Workflow maintained momentum throughout the entire afternoon. Once the cut list was complete, everyone transitioned to helping with fitting all the pieces together.